Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Sep 2007 21:40 UTC, submitted by archiesteel
Features, Office Microsoft has failed in its attempt to have its Office Open XML document format fast-tracked straight to the status of an international standard by the International Organization for Standardization. The proposal must now be revised to take into account the negative comments made during the voting process. Microsoft expects that a second vote early next year will result in approval, it said Tuesday. That is by no means certain, however, given the objections raised by some national standards bodies.
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MS: turning ISO into a charade...
by dsuse on Wed 5th Sep 2007 00:02 UTC
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As described in increasing detail, the ISO organization has been subjected to much blatant manipulation by Microsoft in order to try and become a self-appointed, monopolistic *standard controller*. How much more of an indication that it may not be the best idea to have this one company with a God-complex controlling (and milking) the world's IT resources do we need in order to just say no to this type of manipulation? What is wrong with taking the cooperative approach and submitting backwards-compatible modifications to the existing ODF ISO standard? Why does Microsoft have to reinvent the wheel so that it can only be turned by them? Turning the ISO approval process into a farce of corruption does little to prove anything but the fact that self-interest and greed seems to be the major motivator of Microsoft's actions.

Under these circumstances, letters and petitions to your government asking for the rejection of any future attempts to institute the OOXML format as an ISO standard may be one way to stop this type of abuse of process in the future.

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